About Fluoride Treatments
The importance of fluoride to oral health has been shown by the American Dental Association (ADA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the AMA (American Medical Association), and several other medical organizations. Cities that add fluoride to their drinking water have fewer cavities and problems with tooth decay. A mineral found in certain foods and the earth's crust, fluoride builds up bones and teeth. Low levels of fluoride in water and toothpaste alike can boost children's dental health. Professional fluoride treatments at First Class Pediatric Dentistry in Snellville, GA can benefit children to improve their oral health while their teeth develop. Get more information about fluoride treatments during your child's appointment with board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Adesegun Tewogbade.
Does My Child Need Fluoride?
Professional fluoride treatments are generally given to all of our patients during their routine oral visits. Fluoride is especially beneficial for children who have developing teeth or who have not yet developed good oral hygiene habits. First Class Pediatric Dentistry incorporates topical gel fluoride treatments into your child's comprehensive exam. We provide different flavor options to make treatments easier and more palatable for our young patients.
How Fluoride Treatment Works
Fluoride treatments at First Class Pediatric Dentistry are typically performed twice a year after a professional dental cleaning and exam. The hygienist will prepare the fluoride treatment as a gel to apply to your child's teeth. The fluoride treatment is quick and penetrates the tooth enamel within a few minutes. Our professional hygienist will use suction to help clear your child's mouth after the procedure, but Dr. T advises waiting at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking.
After Your Child's Fluoride Treatment
Nausea can take place if your child accidentally swallows any fluoride, but this will usually diminish about a day after the treatment. In some cases, Dr. T may recommend a fluoride treatment for your child to use at home. Since it can be toxic in large doses, children should be careful and avoid using too much. Although these professional treatments strengthen the teeth, it is important for your child to have a regular oral care routine at home that involves using a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing. It is also important to attend dental exams and cleanings at First Class Pediatric Dentistry so Dr. T can reassess the need for fluoride treatments.
Help ensure the kids in your family have strong, healthy teeth with professional fluoride treatments at First Class Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. T recommends fluoride treatments, which can guard against cavities and tooth decay in children. Contact our friendly team in Snellville, GA to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam, plus a fluoride treatment. We look forward to seeing you.